On This Day In Baseball History: April 28, 1978

 

San Diego Padres 23-year old rookie shows the baseball world why he will be known as, arguably, the best defensive shortstop in baseball history. Ozzie Smith announced his presence with authority when while diving to his left the ball, hit by Jeff Burroughs of Atlanta, takes a bad hop and bounces behind the diving Smith. Out of instinct he puts his bare hand out and the ball happened to finds it way there. Ozzie quickly rises to his feet throws a strike to first base to get Burroughs. Some have called this the greatest defensive play of all time. Smith won 13 consecutive Gold Gloves at short.

 

 

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